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Bloody Marvelous: How to make the perfect spicy Bloody Mary

Bloody Marvelous: How to make the perfect spicy Bloody Mary

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When it comes to brunch or a hangover cure, nothing quite hits the spot like a spicy Bloody Mary. This classic cocktail has been a favorite for many years, with its bold flavors and perfect blend of spicy and savory.

Here we have some recipes and tips to help you make the perfect spicy Bloody Mary, whether you prefer the classic recipe or want to experiment with some new flavors.

Classic Bloody Mary Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 4 oz tomato juice
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp horseradish
  • 1/4 tsp celery salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • Tabasco hot sauce to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Ice
  • Celery stalk, for garnish
  • Lemon wedge, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, celery salt, black pepper, and hot sauce to the shaker. Shake well.
  3. Taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a highball glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a celery stalk and a lemon wedge.

Variation: Chipotle Bloody Mary

If you’re looking for something with a little more kick, try this chipotle variation.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 4 oz tomato juice
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp Holy Schmitt's horseradish
  • 1/4 tsp celery salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Melinda's Chipotle hot sauce
  • La Chipotlera Chipotle Salt to taste
  • Ice
  • Celery stalk, for garnish
  • Lime wedge, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, celery salt, black pepper, and chipotle hot sauce to the shaker. Shake well.
  3. Taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a highball glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a celery stalk and a lime wedge.

Top Tips!

Here are some tips from famous bartenders and mixologists to help you make the perfect Bloody Mary:

  • “Use a high-quality tomato juice that has a rich, deep flavor.” - Jason Asher, co-founder of Young’s Market Company
  • “Fresh horseradish is key to a good Bloody Mary. It gives the cocktail a bright, pungent flavor that really brings the drink to life.” - Chad Solomon, co-founder of Cuffs and Buttons
  • “Don’t be afraid to experiment with different hot sauces. They can really elevate the flavor profile of a Bloody Mary.” - Tony Abou-Ganim, author of “The Modern Mixologist”
  • “Garnishes are just as important as the cocktail itself. Use fresh herbs, pickled vegetables, and even bacon to add layers of flavor and texture.” - Ryan Chetiyawardana, owner of Dandelyan